Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 12, 2010 13:47 ET

Government of Canada Supports Seniors in Elgin

ELGIN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2010) - The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) and Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, today announced federal support to the Elgin Eco Association under the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program, which encourages seniors to continue to play an important role in their communities by helping those in need, providing leadership, and sharing their knowledge and skills with others.

Minister of State Moore made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Seniors).

This project is funded under the Community Participation and Leadership component of the New Horizons for Seniors Program. It is one of 797 projects that were approved through the 2010–2011 Community Participation and Leadership call for proposals, providing over $15.9 million in funding.

"Our government is committed to improving the lives of seniors, and is proud to support local organizations that have the same goal," said Minister of State Moore. "This project brings new opportunities for seniors to contribute their skills, knowledge and experience for the benefit of the entire community."

"Today's seniors know the importance of being active and staying involved in their communities," said Minister Finley. "The New Horizons for Seniors Program is just one example of how we are helping seniors make a positive difference in their own lives and in those of the people around them."

"To receive a grant of this magnitude means an overwhelming amount of encouragement for a small community. This park will be a nucleus to enable seniors, adults, people with disabilities as well as children to enjoy a walking trail, nature and fresh air in a safe healthy outdoor environment," said Ms. Moranda Van Geest, President of the Elgin Eco Association.

The Elgin Eco Association will receive $25,000 for its project entitled Elgin Seniors Community Peace Park. Through this project, seniors involved with the Association will create a park where they will be able to enjoy leisure time with their friends, families and neighbours, surrounded by plants, flowers and trees related to their heritage.

Through Budget 2010: Leading the Way on Jobs and Growth, the Government invested an additional $5 million per year in the Program, bringing this year's funding to $40 million. This additional funding will support projects that encourage seniors to volunteer and mentor other generations, as well as initiatives that aim to increase awareness of financial abuse.

The New Horizons for Seniors Program helps to ensure that seniors are able to benefit from and contribute to the quality of life in their communities through their social participation and active living. Since its beginning, the Program has funded over 7 000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. Last year alone, more than 100 000 seniors in over 500 communities throughout the country were involved in projects funded by the Program.

For more information about the Program, please visit

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New Horizons for Seniors Program

Across Canada, the New Horizons for Seniors Program helps ensure that seniors are able to actively contribute to and benefit from the quality of life in their communities.

The Program offers three types of funding to organizations:

  1. Community Participation and Leadership funding (up to $25,000 in funding per project). This funding supports community-based projects across Canada. The projects encourage seniors to continue to play an important role in their communities by helping those in need, providing leadership, and sharing their knowledge and skills with others.
  1. Capital Assistance funding (up to $25,000 in funding per project). This funding helps non-profit organizations that need to upgrade facilities or equipment used for existing seniors' programs and activities. It enables seniors to continue to lead active lives by participating in existing programs and activities in their communities.
  1. Elder Abuse Awareness funding (up to $250,000 in funding per year for a maximum of three years). This funding helps non-profit organizations and coalitions raise awareness of the abuse of seniors at a national or regional level. Through this funding, new educational and awareness resources about elder abuse will be available to improve the quality of life, safety and security of seniors.

For more information on the Program, or upcoming calls for proposals, please visit

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office